The 18th annual World Ski and Snowboard Festival in Whistler (WSSF) is set to run 10 days and 10 nights from April 12-21 and now is the time to get involved in the largest celebration of mountain culture in North America. WSSF features all aspects of the ski and snowboard industry, including sport, music, art, and fashion, and is a great way for anyone passionate about the mountain lifestyle to get involved.
State of the ART is a free art exhibit that showcases artists from around the world, who are consumed by the mountain lifestyle. The exhibit will run all 10 days of WSSF and kicks off at the State of the ART Opening Party on Friday, April 12. The gallery is open from 12pm-6pm daily after the party. The deadline for submissions is Thursday February 21 and artists interested should visit http://www.wssf.com/event/state-art.
The Association of Freeskiing Professionals (AFP) World Championships is set to take place from April 12-16 at WSSF. Athletes will be invited to participate based on their AFP rankings, but interested challengers can also register for a change to partake in the action. The registration form will be available March 1 and more information can be found at: http://www.wssf.com/event/world-skiing-invitational-afp-world-championship.
The Slopestyle and Big Air competitions are also set to take place at WSSF. Both events are invitational but other interested athletes are encouraged to register when registration opens March 1 at: http://www.wssf.com/event/shred-show.
3. Behind the Scenes
Around 400 volunteers are needed to put on the largest annual winter sports and music festival in North America in all aspects of WSSF. People interested in behind the scenes work at the festival can register online at: http://www.wssf.com/volunteering.
One of the highlight events at WSSF is the OLYMPUS Pro Photographer Showdown where some of the top action sports photographers in the world show off their work from ski and snowboard photography to surfing, biking, skateboarding, climbing, and lifestyle. Competitors have the chance to present a nine minute slideshow of their best work to an audience of 1500 people where the winner takes home the grand prize of $10,000 for Best in Show and all runner-ups receive $1,500.
The OLYMPUS Pro Photographer Showdown will happen on Thursday, April 18 and the deadline for entries is March 1. More information can be found at: http://www.wssf.com/event/olympus-pro-photographer-showdown.
The most hyped event at WSSF every year is the OLYMPUS 72 Hour Filmmaker Showdown where anyone can participate and contestants have 72 hours to shoot, edit, and produce a three to five minute short film within a 100 km radius of Whistler. Participants need to use their originality, speed, and endurance to perform, but there is a nice payoff of $10,000 to the winner, so there are some highly creative and innovative individuals in the competition. Their films will be screened to an audience of 1,500 people on Tuesday, April 16 with an encore presentation taking place on Wednesday, April 17. Filmmakers interested in competing can find more information at: http://www.wssf.com/event/olympus-72hr-filmmaker-showdown.
Fashion EXPOSED will take place for the eighth year this year with the theme of swagger encouraging a style of confidence, coolness, and togetherness. This event will be free and takes place on Saturday, April 20. Casting calls for male and female models will take place in early March and interested models and fashion brands can find more information at: http://www.wssf.com/event/fasion-exposed.
WSSF is home to the largest annual Outdoor Concert Series in Canada where some of today’s top musical acts are featured on the Main Stage. Interested musical acts can inquire at: http://www.wssf.com/contact.
8. Action Sports Filmmaker
Intersection at WSSF will take place on Friday, April 19 where contestants will have seven days to shoot, edit, and produce a five to seven minute extreme sports film. Films must feature a skier or snowboarder, 30 seconds of terrain park footage, and 30 seconds of footage from Whistler Blackcomb in-bounds terrain. The entire film also has to be shot within 100 km of Whistler with 75% of the film taking place on snow. The winning crew takes home $15,000 for their efforts with all runner-up teams receiving $1,000. Interested competitors can get more information at: http://www.wssf.com/event/intersection.